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Area nonprofit receives environmental grant

 The grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust has the potential to offer three years of finances.
The grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust has the potential to offer three years of finances. (KSNB)
Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 8:33 AM CDT
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Grand Island Area Clean Community System received the first year of a potentially three-year grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust to help remove hazardous waste materials from households and landfills.

The grant totals $168,900 for the first year and, if approved, the nonprofit will receive $172,035 in the second year. If the group is approved for year two it automatically receives year three without needing approval.

"That's how we sustain our ability to accept hazardous waste is through grants," Denise McGovern-Gallagher, the Executive Director, said. "That just means that we can continue to do what we do best and protect the environment."

Fifty thousand of the first-year money will go toward removing hazardous waste from homes and landfills, with the remainder of the money going toward operating costs and waiting to be put to use.

Grand Island Area Clean Community System serves five counties: Hall, Hamilton, Howard, Merrick and Adams and uses donations and grants to run the organization as it doesn't charge for its services.

This isn't the first year the group has received a grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust. In McGovern-Gallagher's five years as Executive Director she said she's seen a grant come in once a year, each year receiving a higher amount than the previous year.

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